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Service Requirement

Requirement for Graduation

Service, as one of the Four Cornerstones at Azusa Pacific University, is at the heart of our local and international outreach, missions, and service-learning endeavors. The university desires to see the service experience connect to a deeper relationship with Christ, develop a greater sense of community, and model scholarship put into practice. To this end, the university desires that every student has an intercultural experience during their time at APU.

A student’s service may correlate with his or her academic coursework or it may be an opportunity to branch out of the classroom experience. Students’ involvement in ministry opportunities satisfies the graduation requirement of 120 service credits.

The graduation requirement for full-time students is as follows:

APU recognizes the importance and value of service that happens on-campus as students strive to serve one another. One of the goals of the university, however, is to encourage students to pursue opportunities to serve local and global communities outside of APU. Therefore, the following criteria must be met in order for an experience to count towards service credits:

Through supervised, purposeful, and transformational service, APU students become consistent community contributors. Generally, students can earn credits according to the following guidelines:

APU encourages you to broaden your horizons through different experiences, and we also recognize that you may desire to stay with a particular ministry to continue developing your gifts and sustain relationships. APU fully supports this continuity of involvement and wants to encourage you to provide leadership in your endeavors. Each student can earn up to 60 credits maximum per academic year and up to 30 credits per semester (including summer). The following restrictions exist:

Attention Nursing Students: The majority of your service credits will be completed through your service-learning courses. To ensure full completion of the service requirement, we advise that you complete 30 service credits prior to entering the nursing program.

Service Credit Verification

If you would like a letter verifying your hours of service for a graduate school or scholarship application, please provide us with a pre-written verification letter addressed to the appropriate institution and include the information that you would like verified (e.g., hours served, location of service, etc.). Our office would be happy to print the letter on university letterhead and sign the letter to verify your service. We have a two-week turn-around policy, so please plan accordingly.